Memorial service for Cora Faith Walker to be held Friday

Published: Mar. 11, 2022 at 3:37 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2022 at 4:42 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Former Missouri State Representative Cora Faith Walker passed away Friday.

Walker was the chief policy advisor to St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page. She served in the state legislature from 2017-2019, representing the 74th District, which goes from the border of North City-North County to Florissant.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page sent out a statement to the media Friday afternoon:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Cora Faith Walker. Cora walked into my office every day with a hundred ideas and the determination to do them. She was a passionate public servant who advocated for women, newborns, survivors of sexual violence, reproductive rights, seniors, and frontline healthcare workers. She will be greatly missed by her St. Louis County government colleagues and me. We offer our condolences to her husband, Tim, and her parents.”

St. Louis Mayor Tishuara Jones also released a statement:

“We in the office of Mayor Tishaura O. Jones are deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden loss of Cora Faith Walker. She was a fixture in the St. Louis region, a powerful advocate for her community, and a fiercely loyal friend to all who knew and loved her, especially to Mayor Jones. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and colleagues.”

Monday, Walker’s family released a statement that read in part:

“Cora dedicated her life’s work to public service, social justice, women’s reproductive rights, and health equity access. She was an ardent advocate for women, children, and the underserved throughout Ferguson, the state of Missouri, and the world. Cora, always strident and steadfast in her devotion to meet the most pressing needs of her community, achieved so much because she put service to others before self.

While we feel the loss of Cora deeply, we are comforted in knowing that Cora’s community service empowers and impacts the lives of so many families. We know her work will continue through the service of others.”

The family’s statement included information on a memorial and homegoing celebration. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Friendly Temple Church at 5545 Martin Luther King Drive in North City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nurses for Newborns, JAMAA Birth Village, Pro-Choice Missouri or Veterans Community Project-St. Louis.